NaNoWriMo Nov Day 14: Catherine Doyle

Posted by Jazz on Monday November 14th, 2016

Today the fantastic Catherine Doyle, author of the deliciously dark Blood for Blood series, shares her top writing tips ... (more…)

IT'S NEARLY YALC TIME!

Posted by Jazz on Monday July 25th, 2016

It's nearly the BEST time of year again: YALC WEEKEND!!! Yup, the weekend where all the wonderful book people converge in one room of dreamy bookish heaven is nearly here. Team Chicken will be setting up camp for the whole weekend – come and visit our stall for some GREAT book chat, discounted YA reads and (of course) freebies! Here's an idea of the stuff we're doing over the weekend ... (more…)

Romantic reads!

Posted by Jazz on Sunday February 14th, 2016

It's Valentine's Day! Why not start off the most romantic day of the year with some of our most romantic reads? Whether it's an epic time-slip romance, a hilariously awkward teen comedy or a dark and dangerous Mafia tale: we've got something for everyone ...  (more…)

Inferno is out today!

Posted by Jazz on Thursday January 7th, 2016

To celebrate the release of Inferno, the second explosive installment in the Blood for Blood trilogy, today we have a guest post from author Catherine Doyle (more…)

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Bad Boys

Posted by Jazz on Friday October 16th, 2015

You love them, yet you know you should hate them. Here are the ones that make the butterflies in my stomach just start buzzing away …

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TOP 5 FRIDAY: Fierce Heroines

Posted by Jazz on Friday July 24th, 2015

There are so many women in literature who I just want to be – so many that I actually had to draw up a list to narrow down before writing this top 5. I’m very aware that there are some very important heroines who aren’t in this list (‘WHERE IS KATNISS?’, the reader cries) so these are just a fraction of my top heroines. To list them all would mean writing for weeks. (more…)

YALC IS NEARLY HERE!

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Only TWO MORE DAYS until YALC!!! Have I given away how excited we are? We have got a whole host of treats for YALC-goers (not least lots of fabulous book chat from Chicken House staff) which can all be found on our publisher stand in the Book Zone. Come and chat to us about your favourite YA (we LOVE to talk YA) and nab a couple of freebies! (more…)

Inferno

The thrilling sequel to Vendetta, first in the Blood for Blood trilogy ...

Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort.
Soon another Mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever …

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Literary Crushes

Posted by Rachel L on Friday April 10th, 2015

Literary-CrushesSetting aside the possibly unhealthy habit of fancying people in books rather than in real life (how can anyone ever measure up to Will Parry's determination to drift about in atoms until he finds Lyra again?) we are of course spoilt for choice in literary worlds. Here's a mix of suitable boys and very bad boys who only exist in our fevered imaginations - but we love them all.

1. THE FIRST CRUSH: Gilbert Blythe from Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

Although there's close competition from Laurie in Little Women (how could Jo dump him), the moment Gilbert pulled Anne Shirley's braid and called her 'carrots' is hard to beat. Handsome, persistent (for years), intelligent and romantic ('I don't want your friendship, Anne...'), Gilbert doesn't have ANY faults.

2. THE ALL-AMERICAN CRUSH: Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Those infamous, expensive parties are all for Daisy and the promise of the green light at the end of the dock. Fabulously wealthy, he's just a dreamer at heart and gets it all wrong trying to impress one (undeserving!) girl. The serious 'lifetime achievement' vote in this category should go to Atticus Finch for inspiring moral courage that has endured for more than half a century.

3. THE DISTURBING CRUSH: Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight

The noughties cannot be mentioned without him, or are we all thinking of R-Pattz? Disturbing because his Byronic looks, the sparkling marble skin, the superhuman abilities, disguise the fact that he's a terrifying predator. But as his fans would say, it's not his fault he's a telepathic vampire ...

4. THE CLASSIC CRUSH: Marius Pontmercy from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables

Tempting though it is to choose swashbuckling d'Artagnan or vengeful Edmond Dantes, the animal Heathcliff or the repressed Mr Darcy ('In vain have I struggled!'), it's the idealistic revolutionary Marius that wins our vote. Susan Fletcher's Eponine might have said she was only 'a little' in love but who was she kidding, really?

5. THE FIGHT-TO-THE-DEATH CRUSH: Luca Falcone from Catherine Doyle's Vendetta

Who would you trust when you're fighting for your life? In The Hunger Games there's Gale and Peta - difficult choice. In Catherine Doyle's Vendetta you get five hot mafia brothers - nightmare decision! But ultimately, are you on Team Nic or Team Luca? And before you ask, no - you can't have more than one ...

Who have we missed? Let us know by tweeting us at @chickenhsebooks!

Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle was born in Ireland in 1990. Her debut YA novel, Vendetta, is inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and classic Mafia culture, and set in modern-day Chicago, where Catherine’s mother grew up. The sequels, Inferno and Mafiosa, are out now.

 

VENDETTA BLOG TOUR

Posted by Jazz on Monday January 26th, 2015

Vendetta-Blog-Tour-180x1024Today we're kicking off Catherine Doyle's blog tour for her thrilling YA romance VENDETTA! Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather, VENDETTA is a gritty, romantic and totally compelling story you won't want to miss!

 

For Sophie, it's a long dull summer in the Chicago suburbs until five mysterious brothers move into her neighbourhood. A chance encounter with one of them leaves her breathless. But all is not what it seems.
As the secrets of Nic's Sicilian heritage emerge and Sophie falls deeper into his world, her own family skeletons come to life. Caught up in a twisted game of revenge between two warring dynasties, the choice between love and family suddenly comes at a deadly price.

 

You can catch posts from now until 4th February at the blogs below:

26th January - SISTER SPOOKY & WONDROUS READS

27th January - QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY

28th January - FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES

29th January - BLAME MY BOOKSHELF

30th January - RAISING IRELAND & NAYU'S READING CORNER

2nd February - THE OVERFLOWING LIBRARY & SERENDIPITY REVIEWS

3rd February - WRITING FROM THE TUB

4th February - LUNA'S LITTLE LIBRARY & THE BIBLIOMANIAC

You can read the first chapter of VENDETTA here!

Follow Catherine Doyle on Twitter: @doyle_cat

Follow Chicken House on Twitter: @chickenhsebooks

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted by Jazz on Tuesday January 6th, 2015

A very happy 2015 to all! We're already really excited about what the year holds, not least because January is already off to a flying start. This month sees the release of both Catherine Doyle's dark YA romance VENDETTA and Dan Smith's thrilling action adventure BIG GAME, soon to be a major movie.

VENDETTA tells the story of Sophie, who is thrown into an unknown world of danger, love and revenge when the Priestly brothers move into town. Gritty, romantic and totally compelling, VENDETTA is set in present-day Chicago against the murky morality of the criminal underworld ...

For Sophie, it's a long dull summer in the Chicago suburbs until five mysterious brothers move into her neighbourhood. A chance encounter with one of them leaves her breathless. But all is not what it seems.

As the secrets of Nic's Sicilian heritage emerge and Sophie falls deeper into his world, her own family skeletons come to life. Caught up in a twisted game of revenge between two warring dynasties, the choice between love and family suddenly comes at a deadly price.

For slightly younger readers, BIG GAME is the perfect new year read. A thrilling survival story set in the Finnish wilderness, page will become screen in May - keep an eye out for the blockbuster movie starring Samuel L. Jackson!

13-year-old Oskari is sent into the cold wilderness on an ancient test of manhood. He must survive armed only with a bow and arrow. But instead, he stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airliner: Air Force One. Terrorists have shot down the President of the United States.

The boy hunter and the world's most powerful man are suddenly the hunted, and so begins an extraordinary survival race against a powerful and deadly enemy ...

You can find both of these amazing new releases in stores now - what are you waiting for?

Follow Catherine Doyle on Twitter: @doyle_cat

Follow Dan Smith on Twitter: @dansmithauthor

Follow Chicken House on Twitter: @chickenhsebooks

Vendetta

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion next door, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes for ever.

Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nic, Sophie finds herself falling into an underworld governed by powerful families.

When Sophie’s own family skeletons come to life, she must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break …